BoingBoing linked to this petition over on Change.Org for a removal of Monsanto’s GMO corn from market. Petitions and articles against Monsanto are nothing new, but it looks like this time, they actually have some studies behind them: studies which have notoriously been hard to acquire because of Monsantos policies.
(pic from change.org)
Clicking around, I found this article which focuses on data gleaned from Monsanto’s own ignored studies which found:
“The “data strongly suggests” that after just 90 days of eating GM corn, rats experienced kidney toxicity and showed effects to their hearts, adrenal glands, spleen and blood cells”.
The article linked does a pretty good job with sources, so you can just head over there to read it…
I’ll leave you with this last quote, however, which basically sums up my feelings about GMOs. I don’t think they are inherently evil, but I do believe there should be independent testing, and a lot more of it, before allowing these products into the food chain. I also really dislike that products are not labeled so we can make our own choices about the risks…
“So what happens to humans who eat GM corn products as well as animals who’ve been fed GM corn? That’s a darn good question, and one the U.S. government ought to have an answer to before waving these products into the food supply.”
Edited to add more links to other articles. Good stuff over here:
From Twilight Earth
“The researchers conclude that the raw data from all three GMO studies reveal novel pesticide residues will be present in food and feed and may pose grave health risks to those consuming them.”
with further speculation that these GMOs could be behind the mass deaths of both bees and butterflies that we’ve been seeing. I’d like to see someone look into that link a little further. It definitely seems possible, but so many theories have been put forth for Colony Colapse, it’s hard to say.
Here are links to the studies:
2009 study from International Journal of Biological Sciences
and a summary of testing done by CRIIGEN in Paris, which concluded that:
There was a pathological link in Monsanto’s own data, and that : “Longer experiments are essential in order to indicate the real nature and extent of the possible pathology; with the present data it cannot be concluded that GM corn MON863 is a safe product. ”
Also, a statement/interpretation of test findings in layman’s terms from GreenPeace: